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Seasonal brunch ideas to make with the family

Seasonal brunch ideas to make with the family

FAMILY FEATURES — Brunch with family and friends can be a treat any time of the year, but spring’s fresh, seasonal ingredients and warmer days practically beg loved ones to gather for the morning meal.

These cute, kid-friendly bunny oatmeal and easy egg casserole recipes are simple and made with real foods like milk, bringing richness and flavor, and ingredients you can feel good serving to kids.

Whether it’s skim milk for lighter lattes with friends, two percent milk to wash down birthday cake or strawberry milk for a sweet celebration surrounding the game-winning goal, milk’s already a part of the foods — and meaningful moments that matter.

Bunny oatmeal

Servings: 1

1/3 cup instant oats

3/4 cup fat-free milk

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon brown sugar

2/3 small banana

2 fresh blueberries

1/2 small strawberry

Chocolate syrup (optional)

1 glass milk (8 ounces)

In microwave-safe bowl, stir oats, milk, cinnamon, vanilla and brown sugar. Microwave on high 30 to 60 seconds, stir.

Cut banana in half crosswise. Cut 1 1/8-inch thick coin slice from flat ends of each banana half.

Place two banana slices in upper third of oatmeal bowl, side by side, to make eyes. Top each banana slice with one blueberry.

Place remaining banana halves at top of bowl, hanging out, to create ears.

Place strawberry in middle of bowl to make nose then drizzle chocolate, if desired, to make mouth and whiskers.

Serve with 8-ounce glass of real milk for added nutrition.

Nutritional information per serving: 320 calories; 2 g fat; 10 mg cholesterol; 18 g protein; 59 g carbohydrates; 5 g fiber; 190 mg sodium; 550 mg calcium. Nutrition figures based on using fat-free milk and include 8-ounce glass of milk. Recipe courtesy of Tiffany Edwards of Creme de la Crumb on behalf of Milk Life.

Easy egg casserole

Servings: 1

Nonstick cooking spray

1 cup lean ham, cubed

1 cup frozen seasoned potatoes with fresh onions and peppers

3/4 cup fresh spinach, chopped

1/2 cup low-fat cheddar or Swiss cheese, shredded

6 eggs

3/4 cup fat-free milk

1 8-ounce glass milk

Heat oven to 375 F. Lightly coat 8-by-8-inch casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. In bottom of casserole dish, arrange ham, potatoes, spinach and cheese.

In large bowl, beat eggs and milk. Pour mixture over ingredients in casserole dish. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until lightly browned and puffed.

Serve with 8-ounce glass of real milk for added nutrition.

— Nutritional information per serving: 350 calories; 9 g fat; 3 g saturated fat; 350 mg cholesterol; 32 g protein; 34 g carbohydrates; 2 g fiber; 630 mg sodium; 500 mg calcium. Nutrition figures based on using fat-free milk and include 8-ounce glass of milk. Recipe courtesy of Milk Life. For more kid-friendly, seasonal recipe ideas, visit milklife.com.

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